What Causes Tires to Wear Unevenly?


In a perfect world, all of your tires would wear at the same rate so you could address them at the same time. Unfortunately, that rarely occurs. The causes of uneven tread wear can vary, but the most common reasons include improper tire pressure, wheel misalignment, and missed tire rotations. At Allen Samuels Direct we’re happy to provide service tips to help you ensure that your vehicle is always running safely on Grapevine and beyond. Find out what may cause your tires to wear unevenly, and when you are in need of professional tire care, stop by our service center in Euless.

How to Check for Uneven Tire Tread Wear

Sometimes, appearance alone can indicate that you’re dealing with uneven tread wear. If any of your tires are visibly more worn than the other, you should address it. You should also be aware of any shaking, reduced performance, or more difficult turns as indicators of uneven tire tread wear.

If you’re curious about wear but can’t overtly see it, you can check for uneven tread wear using a tire tread depth measuring instrument like a depth gauge, or even a penny. With a depth gauge, the numeric measurement will indicate any excessive wear; if you’re using a penny, being able to see any or all of Lincoln’s head on any tire means it’s time to get yourself a new set of tires.

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The Causes of Uneven Tread Wear

  • Improperly Inflated Tires – A small change in tire pressure can throw things out of balance. Without the right tire pressure, one or more of your tires will make more contact than is necessary with the road, limiting performance and accelerating wear.
  • Wheel Misalignment – All four wheels should have proper alignment, but something like hitting a curb or pothole could throw your suspension out of line. If your suspension and wheels are misaligned, one or more tires will drag against the road, leading to increased wear.
  • Missing a Tire Rotation – The wheels which receive power from your drivetrain are going to wear down more quickly. For example, the front tires will wear faster in vehicles with front-wheel drive. In order to ensure even wear, you’ll need to have your tires rotated every 5,000 to 7,500 miles.

You’ll want to schedule service with Allen Samuels Direct if any of these three causes apply to your current vehicle’s tires.

Why Get Your Tires Serviced with the Allen Samuels Direct

Tire tread wear can impact fuel economy, passenger comfort, and your control in whatever weather Ft Worth brings your way, so it’s important not to ignore the signs of unevenly worn tires. The certified service technicians at Allen Samuels Direct can help take care of any issues regarding your car’s tires and get you safely back on the road.

Addressing what causes your tires to wear unevenly is the first step in maximizing the value of your tires. If you want to get the most out of your tires, stop in to Allen Samuels Direct where we can inspect your tires for you and provide advice on how to use them optimally. Contact us today to learn more about your car’s maintenance schedule or shop our current inventory.